The capital city of Namibia, Windhoek is the central point to most holidays and safaris throughout the country. With good access from both international and regional routes Windhoek is often the starting point for your journey around Namibia. From Windhoek get ready to explore the shimmering sands of the Namib Desert, head north to Etosha National Park or west to Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast.
With a number of Namibian tour operators based in Windhoek you are in good hands for planning your Namibia holiday. Many of them will meet you in person at the airport at the start or end of your safari. A number of scheduled Namibia safari itineraries obviously start and end at the airport – so it is super convenient and easy to get on a vehicle and head off into the wilderness. If you need to overnight in Windhoek then it’s well worth exploring the modern city and see German influences on the architecture, food, drink and lifestyle. It is the business and cultural hub of Namibia so expect to meet all kinds of people from different cultures. There are some great restaurants and nightlife in the city.
The city buzzes with a cosmopolitan vibe and is home to some 230 000 inhabitants. Meet Herero, Owambo, Damara, Kavango, Buster, Nama, San and Afrikaans people as you explore Windhoek. The city grew up around a permanent spring where indigenous pastoral people gathered to water their animals.
It started to develop into a city from a frontier town in the 1890’s when a German army Major, Curt von Francois, officially founded the city. From the early 1900’s many indigenous people migrated here in search of work and settlers arrived from South Africa and Germany. From there it grew into the bustling city it is today.
There is plenty to do and its worth staying a day or two if you have the time. Go and visit the nearby Eros Mountains, Daan Viljoen Game Park, Katatura, Khomasda and the Okahandja Craft Market. City tours are easily arranged from your guest house in Windhoek or from the tourist information center. A must see is the National Museum of Namibia and there’s also the Trans Namib Railway Museum and the Owela Musuem which explains the cultures and peoples of Namibia in great detail.
Accommodation in Windhoek ranges from excellent hotels, lodges and guest houses, to rustic self-catering units, B&Bs and more budget venues. As a first time visitor, you may want to choose a central hotel within walking distance to all the sights and tourist attractions. We recommend the Olive Grove Guesthouse, but there are many more to choose from.